American University expels 18 students for code of conduct violations
WASHINGTON, DC – Eighteen American University students have been expelled and another is facing disciplinary probation following hazing accusations, the school said in a statement.
American University says the 19 students violated Student Code Violations while involved in Epsilon Iota (EI), an unrecognized group. The university says the misconducts ranged from physical violence, hazing, and underage drinking.
“This group has perpetuated and systematically presented a threat to the safety and well-being of our students,” said Fanta Aw, American University Interim Vice President of Campus Life. “This should send a strong message to anyone involved with groups engaged in activities prohibited by the Conduct Code.
AU is not releasing the names of the students involved or commenting on individual cases since these records are considered confidential under federal student privacy laws.
According to a statement from the University, back in 2000 the national fraternity Alpha Tau Omega suspended its Epsilon Iota chapter at American due to violations of alcohol and hazing. Two years after surrendering its chapter, the university said former ATO members rebuilt EI, operating as an underground group engaging in serious misconduct. Since 2002 the university says it’s been active warning new students and parents about this unrecognized fraternity.